ESOL & LGBT Teaching Resources and Materials

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February is LGBT History Month

Its celebration is a great opportunity to embed LGBT lives and issues within the curriculum along with equipping teachers and students with strategies to deal with discriminatory behaviour.  The paucity of  LGBT teaching resources and materials for adults in Further Education, especially for ESOL (English for Speakers of  Other Languages) could hinder the development of a more inclusive curriculum offer.
I hope you will find this list useful, but most importantly that you will find opportunities to use them with your students in class.
This list is not exhaustive and has a strong focus on resources that would be useful to adult educators and ESOL practitioners.



  • Intersex bodied people are born with a physical sex anatomy that doesn’t fit medical norms for female or male bodies find out more on this link to Intersex UK
  • Queer is an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities that are not heterosexual or cisgender. Originally meaning “strange” or “peculiar”, queer came to be deployed pejoratively against those with same-sex desires or relationships in the late-19th century. Queer / Genderqueer Definition Oxford Dictionary
  • Q can also refer to Questioning (sexuality and gender) The questioning of one’s gendersexual identitysexual orientation, or all three is a process of exploration by people who may be unsure, still exploring, and concerned about applying a social label to themselves for various reasons. The letter “Q” is sometimes added to the end of the acronym LGBT (lesbiangaybisexualtransgender); the “Q” can refer to either queer or questioning. Further info on Wikipedia


Not a ‘gay’ lesson, ideas for ESOL

Embedding LGBT within any given curriculum is not about having a ‘gay lesson’.  If we look at the ESOL curriculum for example, it’s about looking at language and skills and identify the linguistic focus and contextualising it within an LGBT setting.  It can be achieved at any level from E1 to L2.  At lower levels students can look at the categories of an application form or different families, at higher levels they can explore a range of texts inclusive of LGBT lives and issues. The press and media offer a range of printed and audio materials , one can easily use as the basis for their lessons, from newspaper articles on the latest achievements of LGBT+ people to radio interviews and videos on Youtube.

Links to ESOL resources

 The   in LGBT

With a strong focus on customer service and satisfaction, these ready made lesson plans and resources on gender and sexuality are an excellent example of how teachers and students can embed them in their curriculum with the guidance and support of a Trans training expert or teacher educator. They were designed and delivered by Open Barbers .  I strongly recommend contacting them and encourage you to bring them in to your education institution rather than doing it it yourself.   Open Barbers on gender and sexuality, lesson plans & resources

Links to some Trans resources

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Other Resources

More Tips on LGBT inclusion for ESOL here

Laila El-Metoui is an Independent Education Consultant and Teacher Educator with over 25 years’ experience in the Further Education sector. Her Curriculum background is in EFL and ESOL.

Her staff development training sessions include LGBT+ inclusion for managers and teachers with practical ideas for inclusion in lessons, tailor-made to the need of your institution.

She has webinars (online seminars) see links below

The Ideas Factory Webinar Serie

Queer Fridays Webinars

For more information you can email her at



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